Funding Review

The Funding Review Committee is responsible for reviewing applications and making prioritized project funding recommendations to the Steering Council for action. Funding sources include the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH Act) grant funds under the Continuum of Care Program administered by HUD.

The Funding Review Committee develops the scoring criteria for rating and ranking applications based on local needs and priorities and HUD priorities for program services as outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The committee is responsible for understanding the NOFA, considering local priorities, and evaluating applicant agencies’ program performance based on evidence and data.


Karen Tjapkes - Legal Aid of West Michigan - Chair
Beverly Ryskamp - network180 -
Denise Price - Reliance Community Care Partners -
Heidi DeVries - Community Member -
James Hissong - Kent Intermediate School District -
Joshua Bernstein - Kent District Library -
Laurie Craft - Grand Rapids Community Foundation -
Nina Bowser - Kent County Health Department -
Patrick Lonegran - Fifth Third Bank -